What’s On in June
Get out there with the Muddy pick of the best real world theatre, drive-ins, music, comedy, festivals and more in Somerset, Dorset and beyond.
Bath Fringe Festival, various venues, throughout June and July
Discover the murkier, raucous and ridiculous side to Bath’s history (spoiler: Jane Austen does not appear) in The Natural Theatre Company’s Dirty Bath at the Rondo. Just one of the shows in this year’s Bath Fringe Festival with live theatre, music, comedy, visual arts at venues and pop ups around the city and the annual Bedlam Street Fair. See the full programme.
Keynston Mill open air cinema, Tarrant Keyneston, near Blandford Forum, Weds 2 – Thurs 24 June
Open air cinema screened on a ship’s sail, with comfy chairs, fire pits, lanterns, candles and pre-screening picnics, at the fragrant botanic gardens, home to Parterre Fragrances. Films include Perfume (natch), In Bruges, The Artist, Coco Before Chanel, Grand Budapest Hotel and Saturday Night Fever.
Whispering Willows, Thurs 3 & Fri 4 June Coates English Willows in Stoke St Gregory, Sat 12 June The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton
One day back in 1929, a chap pulls up a piece of Somerset willow and finds a girl clinging to the end. Find out what happens next in this Wassail Theatre production, with storytelling, puppets and live music.
Flix Drive-in, Bournemouth Airport Events Field, Christchurch, Fri 4 – Sun 6 June
Tune up your tonsils for singalong Kinky Boots (West End production), Hairspray, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Magic Mike XXL (hosted by hot live male dancers, just saying) and The Greatest Showman. For non singers: Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom and Jerry, Scoobi and The Witches.
Starlight open air cinema, Maunsel House, North Newton, Bridgwater, Fri 4 & Sat 5 June
Stalwarts The Greatest Showman and Mamma Mia under the stars at the country house hotel.
Jill Edwards’ weekend comedy course, Komedia Bath, Sat 5 & Sun 6 June
Jill Edward’s trained some of the UK’s top comedians, including Shappi Khorsandi, Simon Evans, Shazia Mirza and Romesh Ranganathan. Now she’s in Bath for the weekend, ready to teach you how to create, write and perform in front of the mike.
Macbeth, Yeovil Country Park, Weds 9 May
Double, double toil and trouble in the open air with the authentically all-male touring theatre company The Lord Chamberlain’s Men.
Copenhagen, Theatre Royal Bath, Weds 9 – Sat 26 June
Former friends and Nobel Prize winning physicists Werner Heisenberg (German) and Niels Bohr (Danish) meet in Copenhagen during WW2 … but why? Micheal Frayn’s award-winning play Copenhagen explores what might have passed between the two men.
Osman Baig, Fake News, Ustinov Studio Bath, Weds 9 – Sat 12 June
Journalist turned actor and playwright Osman Baig brings his sell-out satire at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe to Bath. When a journo lands a dream job with a massive online news company he comes across an incredible story and decides to publish – but is it actually true?
Clevedon Literary Festival, across Clevedon and online, Fri 11 & Sat 12 June
Live performance, music, talks, Modernist painter Doris Hatt exhibition and a live-stream podcast with Robin Ince and Josie Long of Book Shambles and comedian Michael Spicer (The Mash Report, The Room Next Door). See the full programme.
Somerset Collective Summer Pop up, Jordans Courtyard, near Ilminster, Sat 12 June
Around 35 independent businesses that make up the fabulous Somerset Collective are popping up in the hamstone barns at Jordans Courtyard. Designers, makers, fashion, jewellery, artworks, homewares, chocolate, booze and more. They’re raising money for local charity the Rosie Crane Trust for bereaved parents and donating 10% of all sales. Book a table at the cafe for lunch, while you’re there?
Show of Hands, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, Sat 12 June
Folk fans: acclaimed singer songwriters Steve Knightly and Phil Beer – 25 albums, three BBC folk awards, four sell-out Albert Hall shows, two honorary doctorates – are in the building.
Pub in the Park, Royal Victoria Park Fri 18 – Sun 20 June
Music, booze and nosh mash up. Chefs Tom Kerridge and his 2 Michelin starred The Hand & Flowers, Josh Eggleton’s Pony & Trap, Paul Ainsworth’s The Mariners, Tommy Banks’ Roots and Atul Kochhar’s Restaurants providing sustenance for the body. Tom Walker, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Beverley Knight, All Saints, Basement Jaxx and more offering sustenance for the soul.
Phil Wang, Weymouth Pavilion, Sun 20 June
Philip Nathaniel Sin Goi Wang aka Phil Wang, grew up in Malaysia but moved to the West Country (where his mum is from) when he was 16. Now he’s back.
Father’s Day at Haynes International Motor Museum, near Yeovil, Sun 20 June
Dads go free for the day, to drool over Williams F1 cars like Nigel Mansell’s FW14 or ‘Red 5’ and the new Williams: the Drivers and the Driven exhibition, the cars in the newly interpreted Red Room and a chance to get behind the wheel on the onsite karting racetrack (not quite a Ferrari but fun).
How to build a capsule wardrobe with Lindsay Punch, Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, Thurs 24 June
The West Country personal stylist with 20 years’ experience in the fashion world proves that less is more in this masterclass showing how to put together a few key items to flatter the figure and boost confidence – with Kilver Court’s range of designer brands like Joseph, Whistles and Baukjen conveniently to hand.
Saving Grace with Robert Plant, Lighthouse Poole, Fri 25 June
Blast from the past. Saving Grace is a co-operative with Plant, Suzi Dian and others, supported by The Rails.
Park runs, around Somerset & Dorset, from Sat 26 June
Trainers at the ready, the free Saturday morning 5k runs around some of our loveliest parks and green spaces are scheduled to restart on Sat 26 June. For experienced runners and novices alike, as you go at your own pace and with a fab atmos. Register and get a wrist band at the start; the band’s scanned at the end to record your time. Junior 2k park runs on Sundays. Find your nearest park run here.
Eduardo Chillida and Gustav Metzger, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, from Sat 26 June
Two for the price of one (though both exhibitions are free). Large and medium sculptures and drawings made by one of the foremost Spanish sculptors of the 20th century, Eduardo Chillada. Works by artist and political activist Gustav Metzger. Coffee or lunch in the Roth and a whizz around the excellent Durslade Farm Shop while you’re there?
Cloudscapes, Lighthouse Poole, Sat 26 June
Lie back on a giant beanbag and gaze at the sky as Lorna Rees tells the story of a journey across Route 66 with her father. Then mosey over to the Cloud Museum, in a converted vintage horse trailer, for images of clouds and artefacts from cloud gazing and gazers around the world.
Pride & Prejudice, Churchinford Cricket Ground, near Taunton, Weds 30 June
The Georgian equivalent to swiping left or right, the classic Austen comedy portrayed by somewhat anarchic open air theatre company The Pantaloons. Accompanied by picnics and booze, hopefully not umbrellas.
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